The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its first test flight of its newest rocket GSLV Mark-III from Sriharikota today morning. After lift-off at 9:30AM from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, the module separated from the rocket at an altitude of 126km and re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.
This rocket refers by the names GSLV Mark-III and LVM3, is a completely new vehicle marking the third generation for India’s orbital launch systems. It is capable of injecting heavier satellites like GSAT 19e. The LVM3 flight has two active solid and liquid propulsion stages, S200 and L110 respectively in addition to its cryogenic engine C25 X, carried Crew Module Atmospheric re-entry Experiment (CARE) as its payload .
A delighted ISRO chairman Radhakrishnan said “This was a very significant day in the history of Indian space programme for the development of the advanced launch vehicle that could carry a 4-tonne class of communication satellite into orbit.”
India started the development process a decade ago and now it has completed its first experimental flight of GSLV Mark-III vehicle. The performance of two solid stages S200 as well as liquid core stages L100 was as expected. Another experiment module in this mission, is the unmanned crew model to test and understand the re-entry characteristics, that also has worked extremely well. The crew module has splashed down as expected in Bay of Bengal
Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi, stated that successful launch of GSLV Mark-III is yet another triumph of brilliance and hardwork of the scientists. He congratulated all the scientists for the successful mission.